There are many funding opportunities available for women-owned businesses around the world right now. Here are a few that have come up for you this month. Please note, Divas of Colour has no direct affiliation with any of the organisations. As such, we are unable to answer any questions you may have. Please contact the organisations by using the links to each of them. Good luck and remember to let us know how you did with your applications.
48 in 48 – Social Justice Event – The event is designed to support and promote nonprofits in marketing and technology. They are gathering teams to build websites for nonprofits with social justice missions. If you are interested in either being part of a team or are a nonprofit looking for free website development. Apply by 10/06/2023
Always Soñando National Scholarship – The Always Soñando National Scholarship was created to provide support, mentorship, and financial assistance to prepare 50 emerging Hispanic or Latina leaders to live out their dreams confidently. Each scholarship winner will receive $2,500 to go towards education. Apply by 30/05/2023.
Amazon App Store Small Business Accelerator – The Small Business Accelerator Program allows developers that earned less than 1 million USD in total annual revenue in the previous calendar year to access additional benefits up to or equivalent to 20% of Appstore revenue. If eligible, you’ll receive a 10% increased royalty payment and AWS credits equivalent to 10% of your app revenue.
Antler Global Startup Program – Antler is a global early-stage VC that runs multiple programs for business startups around the world. See the website for more info about the program and application dates.
Awesome Foundation – Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organising “micro-trustees”. Awarded monthly
AWS Startup Loft Accelerator – AWS Startup Loft Accelerator equips your technical team with tech resources, guidance and a community of peers. From technical deep dives to round tables on day-to-day CTO challenges, including recruiting, managing an engineering team, building a minimum viable product, and designing principles for cloud architecture. Provides $25,000 in AWS credits
BeChangeMaker 2023 – Are you 18 to 35 years old and have a business idea with the potential to bring positive impact and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? BeChangeMaker is a series of skill training projects made available yearly to 30 teams of skilled and talented young people to help you explore your career potential as a social entrepreneur. Apply by 03/06/2023.
Canva Pro For Nonprofits – If you are a nonprofit, you can register now to get Canva’s premium features for free.
Emergent Ventures Grant/Fellowship Application (through Mercatus Center at George Mason University – Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center, seeks to support entrepreneurs with highly scalable, “zero to one” ideas for meaningfully improving society. Projects will either be fellowships or grants: fellowships involve time in residence at the Mercatus Center in Northern Virginia; grants are one-time or slightly staggered payments to support a project.
F6S List of Accelerators and Pitch Competitions – Provides a list of accelerators, contests and pitch competitions around the world.
Pink and Black Pitch Competition – Have a Product, Service, or Technology Start-up or Business? Seeking funding to grow and scale your Business or Start-up? You are invited to pitch. Award of $10,000. Apply by 14/05/2023
Roddenberry Catalyst Fund – The Catalyst Fund is offering grants to Nonprofits & Social Enterprises to fund ideas or early-stage projects that have a high potential for large-scale impact and sustainable change. You can be a seasoned social entrepreneur or a first-time changemaker. Eligible candidates for the Catalyst Fund may be individuals, teams of individuals, non-profit organisations, or social enterprises. Funding up to $15,000
SheTrades Accelerator – SheTrades Accelerator Programme for women entrepreneurs and business support organisations in the Apparel, Accessories and Home Décor sectors is targeting women-led businesses (WLBs) and Business Support Organizations (BSO) in the Apparel, Accessories, and Home Decor sector from Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, and South Africa.
Savvy Fellowship – Savvy is a 12-week virtual Fellowship program for young professionals seeking to be part of the new generation of impact entrepreneurs. Applicants should be 40 or younger.
Techstars Accelerators – Techstars accelerators have one goal: to help entrepreneurs succeed. During each three-month program, they surround companies with the best mentors and an unrivalled network of corporate partners, investors, and alumni. Companies can receive $20K for 6% of the company. Various locations and due dates.
Unity Workforce Grant – Any legal entity, company, institution, or nonprofit organisation that provides training (courses, degrees, apprenticeships, boot camps, labs, innovation centres, etc.) in XR/real-time 3D development skills is encouraged to apply. Funding up to $200,000. Apply by 02/06/2023.
Watson Institute Venture Accelerator – The Watson Institute is launching a fully-funded Venture Accelerator program for next-generation entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and experience to scale the impactful ventures they are building. This program is offered with virtual and in-person components that allow fellows to take advantage of the global cohort while also focusing on creating local impact within their communities. Applicants can be from any geographical location, with a preference for applicants from the USA, Brazil, China, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Funding of $6,000. Appy by 15/05/2023
We Make Change – Global initiative that matches small businesses (mainly not-for-profits) with volunteers who are professional individuals or are from companies (including the blue-chip) that have an interest in supporting not-for-profits. Helps impact startups build a remote volunteer team for free volunteer help.